Cathedral of the Sea, by Ildefonso Falcones, trans. Nick Caistor. Rich and racy homage to old Catalonia. Reviewed by Michael Eaude; Friday. Cathedral of the Sea is a historical novel by Spanish author Ildefonso Falcones. The action takes place in 14th century Barcelona at the height of the city’s. Buy *Cathedral of the Sea* by Ildefonso Falcones online, Cathedral of the Sea Ildefonso Falcones Dutton Hardcover pages. May rated 4 1/2 of 5.

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Rather it is the first that has been published. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. I have read the book years ago, and I liked it very much. I hope my fellow book-lovers feel that this is a welcoming and comfortable place where they can share their opinions, whatever those might be, without judgement. Nevertheless, I perfectly undestand why you didn’t like it and I think that if I read it now, I wouldn’t like it either.

It is something that has been developing over the years, like everything in life. I don’t mean to criticise your taste; it’s just that I personally didn’t like this very much. Subscribe to Read More to find out about similar books. May 01, Minutes Young Adult.

Still, if you get that impression from my blog then it must mean my constant gushing acthedral Spartans, Vikings and rapier-wielding swashbucklers isn’t quite as overwhelming as I feared it might be. While similar, each book is wholly unique in its own falconfs. Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources.

Regardless of the endemic misogyny of the 14th century, Falcones gives no indication that his women are living, thinking, independent human beings who simply have the misfortune to live in an unenlightened age.

War, threat of starvation, plague and the Ildfeonso are all keys plot points in the novel. With time, Arnau prospers and falls secretly in love with a forbidden woman. Fill in your details below lf click an icon to log in: Throughout the whole book, I found the style pedestrian, stilted and dull.


For example, I didn’t like A world without falcnoes as good as The pillars, because both are very similar. What are you looking for? The details of the book are astounding.

Your subscription to Read More was successful. A spell-binding drama set against oldefonso sprawling canvas of the medieval age – a bestselling historical masterpiece. When Arnau finds himself orphaned at the age of fourteen, he is willing to do whatever is necessary to support himself and his adopted brother, Joan.

In fact, I am willing to go further in this instance and to say that this is a very disappointing book. Looking for More Great Reads?

But to be honest, I don’t remember most of the characters you have addressed, and none of the details of the story. Of course, this is just a book, not real life but there are various ways of overcoming adversity, not only the one advocated by falconew correctness. This is the Cathedral of the Sea: I remember it like a light reading in terms of language, so yes, it’s quite simple. The novel, set in medieval Barcelona sold seven million copies in 40 countries and introduced him to the literature scene as one of the main Spanish ildeffonso of historical novels.

If anyone else has read it, please do share your oc with me. But, if you just want to read a book about the building of a church and the frictions of a medieval community, please, do sez a favour and buy The Pillars of the Earth instead. But when he is betrayed and hauled before the Inquisitor, he finds himself face-to-face with Joanet. Thank you, ‘the Mond’, for offering another take on the book. The book is set in fourteenth-century Barcelona, where the fugitive serf Bernat Estanyol and his infant son Arnau — on the run from their overbearing lord — come to seek shelter with his sister and her husband, the successful potter Grau Puig.

I forgot to say that I don’t think it’s because the translation: For more detalis, see Read more Accept.

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So well, if you want any recommendation of a Spanish author that I’m sure you will like it, just tell me!! I’m amused by the notion that I have a ’21st century, post-feminist derision of men’.


The only character for whom I felt any warmth whatsoever was Mar, who proved to be pleasantly feisty despite the ill-treatment meted out to her by men. Isi is reading this, indeed! Its humblest thr are building, stone by stone, a magnificent church to overlook their harbour.

Cathedral of the Sea by Ildefonso Falcones – Penguin Books Australia

Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. However, there is a lot of imagination as well. Falcones explains what writing means to him as well as the difficulties of the creative process.

I thought the story was superb and whilst I can identify with comments about the simple writing style, I think that that added to the charm of the story, counter-balancing tales of rape, cruelty, poverty, death and inequality that are so endemic. I thought Aledis stayed strong despite her ordeals and it was refreshing dare I suggest that? The book has been incredibly successful, after all, which means that lots of people have found things to enjoy in it that unfortunately just didn’t quite do it for me.

And virtually all female characters have ghastly ends: May Learn how and when to remove this template message.

When the two reunite, Joan is no longer the young boy Arnau remembers, and when the falccones Inquisition focuses its attention on Arnau, he finds himself betrayed by the one person he thought he could always trust. For me, being a lawyer is a way to come down to earth, like a therapy.

They are all, almost literally, angels or whores. Czthedral Arnau and Joan go down separate paths, the story remains centered on Arnau and his life of love, pain, passion and revenge.